Gov’t to Take Over Abandoned, Concession Lands around Lake Toba
Date 31 Juli 2019
In a bid to boost tourism around Lake Toba, the Government is planning to take over abandoned or unused concession land to transform it into a world-class tourist destination, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.
“We will take over 148 thousand hectares of concession land. I have ordered the regent, governor to reforest it, partly for agriculture apart for tourist destination,” the President said after inspecting agriculture and livestock projects in Parsingguran village, Pollung district, Humbang Hasundutan regency, North Sumatra, Wednesday (31/7).
According to the President, organic agricultural produce such as oranges and garlic are of good quality but there remains a lack of land for further cultivation as there is only a 100-hectares of land available in 2016.
In the meantime, the region’s cattle farming has become a pilot project for breeding Belgian blue cattle which are from Ministry of Agriculture’s aid.
The President expressed hope that the region’s cattle farming can meet national demand for meat in the future. He went on to say that Belgian blue cattle are likely to breed in other regions across the country.
“For the time being, we will breed the cattle in Humbang Hasundutan regency and later in other regions which have similar weather such as Karo regency, North Tapanuli, and Tobasa,” the President concluded. (DNA/JAY/ES)
Translated by: Muhardi
Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas